Definition of de facto adverb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


de facto

BrE BrE//ˌdeɪ ˈfæktəʊ//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌdeɪ ˈfæktoʊ//
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in a way that exists as a fact although it may not be legally accepted He continued to rule the country de facto. compare de jure

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